Elliot Lake residents 'starting to smile again'
Northern Ontario community bouncing back from mall collapse tragedy
Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:01 AM ET
Last Updated: Jul 23, 2012 12:30 PM ET
Elliot Lake residents are starting to move on from last month's tragedy.
The area’s MPP said people are trying to find some normalcy after the town was devastated when part of the Algo Centre Mall roof collapsed and killed two women, one month ago today.Elliot Lake residents are accustomed to bouncing back from difficulty situations, the town's mayor says. (Amy Dodge/CBC)
"People are starting to walk, people are starting to go the beaches, and people are really starting to have those smiles again,” Michael Mantha said.
“Right now they are starting to get over the initial shock and the emotions and now what they're doing is they're reacting to the bigger concern as a whole, (such as) how are we going to pull this community out of this?"
Mayor Rick Hamilton said Elliot Lake residents are accustomed to bouncing back from difficulty situations.
“When we lost mines in 1990, we had about six-to-12 month’s notice that we were going to have economic upheaval,” Hamilton said. “In [the case of the mall collapse] it was instantaneous … it will take a lot of sweat capital [to work through this].”
A report from that inquiry is expected within a year to a year and a half.
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